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Dancers Add Imagination In Unexpected Places

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'Dancers Among Us' features surprising, whimsical images of dancers gracefully acting out daily activities.

 

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/dancers-add-imagination-in-unexpected-places


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"Quantum Entanglement For the Fifth Grade Classroom" // Powerful Spoken Word By Taylor Gaar

Science teacher, Taylor Gaar, recites original poem 'Quantum Entanglement for the 5th Grade Classroom' at Kinnection Campout 2014 www.kinnectioncampout.org Z...
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The Little Girl from the 1981 LEGO Ad is All Grown Up, and She’s Got Something to Say

The Little Girl from the 1981 LEGO Ad is All Grown Up, and She’s Got Something to Say | Awesomeness | Scoop.it

"By Lori Day – In mid-January, this article on The Huffington Post hit my Facebook newsfeed like a Justin Bieber deportation petition—it was everywhere. In it, HuffPost Family News Editor Jessica Samakow writes:


'Pay attention, 2014 Mad Men: This little girl is holding a LEGO set. The LEGOs are not pink or “made for girls.” She isn’t even wearing pink. The copy is about “younger children” who “build for fun.” Not just “girls” who build. ALL KIDS. In an age when little girls and boys are treated as though they are two entirely different species by toy marketers, this 1981 ad for LEGO — one of our favorite images ever — issues an important reminder.'

 

Something about this piece with the iconic 1981 ad tapped the zeitgeist and it became one of HuffPo’s more viral articles in recent memory, receiving over 60,000 shares. And along the way, the small world of Facebook led to a comment thread on my wall where someone, upon seeing the little red-haired girl holding her LEGOs, wrote, “Hey, I know her!” And now I do too, because that’s the serendipity of social media. Her name is Rachel Giordano, she is 37 years old, and she’s a practicing naturopathic doctor in Seattle, Washington. Giordano agreed to talk to me about her childhood and the ad, and to pose for a new Then & Now photo meme, which you see above in the lead image."...

 

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"If Teachers Were Treated Like Football Stars" // Buzzfeed

"If Teachers Were Treated Like Football Stars" // Buzzfeed | Awesomeness | Scoop.it

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Wheel of Impressions with Kevin Spacey // YouTube

In this Halloween edition of Wheel of Impressions, Jimmy and Kevin take turns doing random celebrity impersonations, such as Christopher Walken talking about...
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David Foster Wallace on Leadership

David Foster Wallace on Leadership | Awesomeness | Scoop.it

“A leader’s real ‘authority’ is a power you voluntarily give him, and you grant him this authority not with resentment or resignation but happily.”

 

In a culture that calls pop culture celebrities “thought-leaders” and looks for “leadership ability” in kindergartners, we’re left wondering what leadership actually means and questioning what makes a great leader.

 

The best definition of the essence beneath the leadership buzzword comes from David Foster Wallace. 

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 26, 2014 12:32 PM

This is a beautifully curated story by Maria Popova on Brain Pickings.


Also discover Debbie Millman's felt-on-felt typographic art piece and reading that captures the wisdom from Wallace’s essay “Up, Simba: Seven Days on the Trail of an Anticandidate."


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Films For Action: Watch the Best Social Change Documentaries Ever Made

Films For Action: Watch the Best Social Change Documentaries Ever Made | Awesomeness | Scoop.it

"Films For Action is a community-powered alternative news center and learning library for people who want to change the world."
(1,500 Free Online Documentaries)
http://www.filmsforaction.org  
 

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Superhero with Autism Featured in New Comic Book // NBCNews via AutismAtFaceValue

Superhero with Autism Featured in New Comic Book // NBCNews via AutismAtFaceValue | Awesomeness | Scoop.it

"Extraordinary superpowers, high-flying villains and fearless, world-saving heroes are the stuff of countless comic books. But the newest star to hit the comic circuit is different than most.
 

Michael is a comic book character with autism - a hero with a mathematical mind, artistic gift and an abundance of compassion. Face Value Comics says he is the first"...


For full post and video, click on title above or here: http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/making-a-difference/comic-book-stars-worlds-first-hero-autism-n190321


For more, check out Autism At Face Value: http://autismatfacevalue.com  

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Boston Marathon Survivor's Humor Still Strong As She Opts To Have Leg Amputated // ABC7.com

Boston Marathon Survivor's Humor Still Strong As She Opts To Have Leg Amputated // ABC7.com | Awesomeness | Scoop.it

"After 18 months of pain, and 17 operations, a Texas mom injured in the Boston Marathon bombing has opted to have her leg amputated, saying that it will be a "new beginning."

"Hasta La Vista lefty!!" Rebekah DiMartino wrote on her Facebook page Monday morning, just before she underwent surgery."...


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So, this exists: A working car has been 3D-printed out of carbon fiber plastic // Washington Post

So, this exists: A working car has been 3D-printed out of carbon fiber plastic // Washington Post | Awesomeness | Scoop.it

By Brian Fung (Photo: American Chemistry Council)


"This is a car that is made almost entirely out of plastic. The Strati took 44 hours to make, and it's completely driveable. It's lighter and, if you believe its creators, also stronger than its metal counterparts. And it just might be the future of automotive technology everywhere."...


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How Our World Would Look If You Were A Bird

How Our World Would Look If You Were A Bird | Awesomeness | Scoop.it

"Famous landmarks like the Arc Du Triumph, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Sagrada Familia have been photographed countless times by photographers from around the world, and they are recognizable to most, if not all, of us. But this collection of stunning aerial photographs gives us a bird’s-eye-view of these places, casting them in a totally new light."... (40 photos)

 

For full post, click on title above or here: http://pixtale.net/2013/12/how-our-world-would-look-if-you-were-a-bird/

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Stephen Colbert Gives Big Boost to Grand Rapids' Healing Improv Group // MLive Media Group

Stephen Colbert Gives Big Boost to Grand Rapids' Healing Improv Group // MLive Media Group | Awesomeness | Scoop.it

By Sue Thoms, M-LIVE

 

[Photo caption: In this Sept. 8, 2010 photo released by Comedy Central, host Stephen Colbert appears during the "Been There: Won That: The Returnification of the American-Do Troopscapeon" special of "The Colbert Report," in New York. His AmeriCone Dream Fund gave a $10,000 grant to Healing Improv. (AP Photo/Comedy Central, Scott Gries)]"

 

"ADA, MI – A tiny nonprofit group that brings laughter to grieving people was stunned to receive a $10,000 grant Stephen Colbert, the satirist and comedian who created “The Colbert Report.”

“It came out of no place,” said Bart Sumner, an actor and writer who formed Healing Improv in 2012. When his wife called to tell him the news, he said, “I nearly drove off Ada Drive. It absolutely blew me away.”


Healing Improv runs comedy improv workshops that aim to relieve stress, provide emotional connections and laughter for people who are grieving. Sumner created the organization after his 10-year-old son, David, died in 2009. He realized that performing and teaching helped him survive that devastating loss.


“Laughter and tears are right next to each other in the emotional scale,” Sumner said.


The group operates on a small scale. The workshops are free. Sumner donates his time. It has raised about $4,000 in the past 18 months to cover some travel expenses and rental space.

 

The $10,000 grant makes a big difference for the group, Sumner said. It will help pay for advertising to reach more participants and more travel costs to partner with groups requesting workshops.

 

“This will really allow us to spread our net out and help people all over the place,” Sumner said."...

 

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http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/01/stephen_colbert_gives_big_boos.html

 

 

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Bestselling Authors Anne Patchett and Daniel Pink Share Their Favorite Books of 2014 // PBSNewsHour

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Catching Kayla // 'E:60'

"Tom Rinaldi tells the remarkable story of Kayla Montgomery -- who, despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, has become one of the best young distance runners in the country."... 


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"Thanks, But No Tanks!": Eighth Grader Convinces Entire School To Skip SeaWorld

"Thanks, But No Tanks!": Eighth Grader Convinces Entire School To Skip SeaWorld | Awesomeness | Scoop.it

"The annual “winterim” trip to San Diego taken by the seventh and eighth graders at Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette, Colo., will be missing one element this year. The students will no longer be visiting SeaWorld, thanks to the efforts of one intrepid eighth grader named Phoebe Goldstein.


Goldstein, a longtime opponent of whale and dolphin captivity, had heard of other schools nearby that took field trips to the marine park. When she heard that her own school was planning a trip, she was shocked — and driven to action."...


For full story, click on title above or here: https://www.thedodo.com/seaworld-field-trip-cancelled-787140546.html 

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96 Year Old Yoga Teacher, Still Going Strong // BarCroftTV

"Despite being close to 100, a yoga teacher is still inspiring students who are a quarter of her age. Tao Porchon Lynch has been practicing yoga for more than 70 years and at the tender age of 96 she shows no signs of slowing down. Aged 85 Tao decided to take up ballroom dancing and is now putting her 26-year-old dance partner Vard Margaryn through his paces in her hometown of Westchester, New York. In spite of having undergone a full hip replacement and recently breaking her wrist, Tao believes that it’s her positive attitude that keeps her so young and agile."...

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The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle Video

http://holstee.com/manifesto The Holstee Manifesto is a call to action to live a life full of intention, creativity, passion, and community. The LifeCycle Fi...
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"What will your verse be?"

[4:07]..."We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. 

To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" 

Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. 

That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. 

What will your verse be?"

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Thank you for your gifts, humor, and inspiration.... Rest in Peace Robin Williams. 

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Maps of Unborn Human Brains Point to Medical Frontiers // NBC News

Maps of Unborn Human Brains Point to Medical Frontiers // NBC News | Awesomeness | Scoop.it

By Alan Boyle - "A new kind of atlas reveals which genes control the development of which areas of the unborn human brain — and researchers are already studying the atlas' maps to gain new insights into neurological conditions such as autism.
 

"You can use this to understand the roots of developmental disorders," said Ed Lein, an investigator at the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Brain Science. Lein is the senior author of a report in the journal Nature about the $35 million brain-mapping project.


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This Elderly Woman Has Been Waving at Students for Years. They Finally Did Something About It

This Elderly Woman Has Been Waving at Students for Years. They Finally Did Something About It | Awesomeness | Scoop.it

 "Tinney and her husband used to sit in their living room and wave at the students passing by on their way to school every day. After he passed she decided to keep up the tradition. The students..."


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The Most Intricate Hand Cut Paper Art You Will See Today

The Most Intricate Hand Cut Paper Art You Will See Today | Awesomeness | Scoop.it

"Rogan Brown is an Anglo-Irish artist that specializes in intricate hand cut paper art sculptures. Currently living in the ‘wilds’ (i.e., in a forest on the side of a mountain) of Southern France, Brown explains:

 

'I look for patterns and repeated motifs that run through natural phenomena at different scales, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from individual cells to large scale geological formations.
 
I am inspired in part by the tradition of scientific drawing and model making, and particularly the work of artist-scientists such as Ernst Haeckel. But although my approach involves careful observation and detailed “scientific” preparatory drawings these are always superseded by the work of the imagination; everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed.'"
http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/hand-cut-paper-art-by-rogan-brown/
 

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Benjamin Zander: The Transformative Power of Classical Music // Video on TED.com

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

http://www.ted.com/talks/benjamin_zander_on_music_and_passion.html

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